|Welcome to the latest news I have on the
Torch Relay. 29 July 2012
As always it works out on the day!
Fantastic support, so many people, great
weather - perfect day.
A few photos below from various sources: Tom
Philips, Tony Pontifex, Alan Rowe, Terri Shotton, Nick Kinsey, Andy
Peel, John Hoyle. So far I've been given 470 photos!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-18958786 40 seconds
in Terri with the 1948 Torch & me!!!
Cock-ups get worse and worse... sounds like
they have run out of large & extra large suits! So they are not
sending them out... pick up on the day.
Mark has found a map of my leg (leg 63):
Here is the link to the whole
day - it's a big PDF
At last some news... no I haven't received my
parcel with the 'boiler suit' or any printed instructions. However,
in my absence over in deepest France following Le Tour, Terri has
been on the phone and this is the result:
Thank you for contacting London 2012 about your Leg of The Relay.
You should be receiving the Uniforms shortly as there has been a
You need to be at Ye George Inn, 111 High Street Beckenham, London
BR3 1AG at 07:45am for your meeting and briefing prior to your run.
Your Leg 63, starts in Bromley (London Borough), and you will travel
along Hard surface park track from Hard surface park track and
finish on Gravel track on site of old Crystal Palace at Steps of old
Crystal Palace. This journey will start at about 10:39am and cover a
distance of 400 yards.
We recommend that you contact the London 2012 Shop on 0845 605
2012 for the products you have ordered.
So it looks like I'm finishing at the top
of the 'Old Steps' - should be a great place to finish and easy
parking if you decide to come.
If/when I have more news I will post it
here, so please check back.
Thank you for checking up - so far there is no
more news other than that I am one of 29 Torch Bearers doing the
Bromley stint on day 66 - which is Monday 23 July.
The day starts in Lewisham at 7:31 and is due
to end at Tooting Bec Lido at 18:47. I have no idea which leg I'm on
or even when I will know.
The Time table for Bromley is:
08:57 Bromley Hill A21
08:58 London Road A21
09:06 London Road A222
09:08 High Street A222
09:10 High Street pedestrianised area
09:11 Market square
09:12 Pedestrianised High Street
09:14 High Street
09:17 Westmoreland Road B228
09:31 Hayes Lane B251
09:46 Wickham Road B230
09:55 Manor Road A222
09:58 High Street A222
10:04 Beckenham Road A234
10:15 High Street A234
10:27 Crystal Palace Park Road A234
10:34 Crystal Palace Park
10:34 Hard surface park track
10:40 Gravel track on site of old Crystal Palace
10:43 Steps of old Crystal Palace
10:43 National Stadium car park
11:21 Steps of old Crystal Palace
11:21 Tarmac road
11:24 Anerley Hill
it goes past Terri’s flat at at 9:47 which means that, due to sod’s
law I wont be there!!!
You can see all the people taking part
You can watch the BBC's excellent daily live
I can get no sense from the LOCOG/Torch people
or from Bromley Council, other than that I should hear about 4 weeks
before the due date. The uniform is due at the same time, although I
understand from various Facebook messages that they arrive latter
than that, are often the wrong size and are not exchangeable.
Terri has purchased the torch for my Christmas
present – they have already taken the money, not acknowledged the
purchase, or sent a receipt!
I ordered the official stand and special polo
shirt – they again took the money instantly, did issue a receipt
this time but there was no indication of when they will be
A mock-up of what
I might look like...
Being frustrated I thought I would ask Bromley
Council for advice....
16 May 2012
Dear Councillor Lynch
I am a Bromley resident, come under your ward and I have been
selected to carry the Olympic Torch on Monday 23 July.
I wonder if you could help or advise me.
I am having great difficulty trying to establish the time table
and section of the route that I will be involved with. It
actually goes past our front door but knowing how things work
that wont be my patch!
I have sent emails to the council without any response, likewise
LOCOG are next to useless.
I can find nothing about the relay on the Council’s website, are
they not interested in this great event? LOCOG stated in
previous correspondence that there will be a special celebration
function at the end of each day, do you know anything about
Bromley’s contribution? Has the Council discussed helping their
Torch bearers defray the cost of purchasing the torches like
some other councils?
Will you point me in the right direction?
Your help will be appreciated.
It took over two weeks to get this reply:
31 May 2012
Dear Mr Peel.
Many apologies for the delay in responding to you.
I have responded to points you have raised below:
The responsibility for the Torch Relay Convoy is solely the
responsibility of LOCOG. They are responsible for organising the
Torch bearers in the Convoy. The Council has no role in
organising this. The Councils role is to see the safe passage of
the Torch Convoy through the Borough.
LOCOG is also responsible for ultimately determining the route,
and the timings (although this has been done in conjunction with
the Council) and for promoting and providing details of the
route. Council Officers are meeting today to determine what
information around the Olympics and the Torch relay will be made
available on the Councils website.
The special celebration function at the end of each day, refers
to where the Torch Relay finishes at the end of each day. For
Day 66, the day the Torch passes through Bromley, it finishes in
Wandsworth, and they are organising the evening celebration.
The Council has discussed helping their Torch bearers defray the
cost of purchasing the torches, but has decided that it will not
be providing any financial assistance to torch bearers.
I hope this addresses the points you have raised and I am sorry
for the time taken to respond to you.
Head of Cultural Business Development
||Several people have asked 'how did
you get selected?' Well it all started some time ago when
LOCOG asked for nominees - anyone could nominate
anyone else. I was lucky to be suggested by several people
and, according to the rules, one of them was randomly
selected as my nominee. And that turned out to be my old
friend John Hoyle, yes, him of NG fame.
Mike's nomination story
In his 70th year Mike ran and completed his 31st London
Marathon, the first race being back in 1981.
|He is one of only 18 elite members of the
"EVER PRESENT" Group that have completed every London race.
They are all somewhat older now so it would be a very
fitting gesture to have Mike, and maybe other members of his
group (if nominated) running the London streets carrying the
Olympic Torch, which for him, would be one of his proudest
moments. Mike has been inspirational at promoting athletics
at all levels through his club, Blackheath & Bromley
Harriers AC, for whom he was their president in 2001/2.
Blackheath Harriers is one of the oldest and strongest
athletic clubs in the UK.
I have written the following to add
a bit of flesh to the story, just in case the Press take an
Mike Peel, of Beckenham Kent, has been selected as one of the
Olympic Torch Bearers. His stint will be on day 66, Monday 23
July, just days before the Olympics start.
Mike, who was 70 years old on 11 January, has been running and
cycling since a schoolboy. He is a Past President of the De
Laune Cycling Club, which he joined in 1957, and a Past
President of his athletics club, Blackheath & Bromley Harriers
AC. He has been keenly involved with the organisation and
running of many activities in both clubs.
He has been an active member of B&B since 1973 and has competed
at all distances from 100m to the London to Brighton (54 miles).
He has run about 60 marathons and is a member of the
Ever Presents, a select
group of 16 that have run every London Marathon (first run in
1981) and has a best time of 2hours 40mins. He did of course run
the the 32nd London Marathon on 22 April, and yes, he
hopes to be there next year too.
Born and educated in Beckenham, Mike has two children and a
grandson of 27 months. He started work as a draughtsman before
joining the computer industry in 1963/4 – at that time there
were only four computers in London! He is still involved with
computer work and is currently webmaster of more than 20
Amongst his many jobs at Blackheath & Bromley he has been
running their website (since it’s inception) for over 12 years.
During this time it has had over 920,000 visitors and over 3
million page views, not bad for an athletics club site…
Mike has also been Track handicapper, Cross-Country handicapper,
organised the Ted Pepper Memorial race for it’s first 7 years,
computerised and ran the club’s membership list from 1974, been
heavily involved with the social side including producing the
Menu’s and table plans for the last 13 years, producing the
summer and winter fixture cards for the last 9 seasons – at no
cost to the club and lots of other things that he says would
just bore you.
Still gets out on his bike, but not as often as he would like,
still runs, or rather jogs these days, and continues his
extensive travels with his partner Terri.
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